I was walking my dog in the woods a couple of days ago and had let him off the lead for a run around. It was quiet and there was no one else around. However, I then noticed in the distance a group of cyclists approaching (it's a dead straight path so I saw them from quite a long way off), so I called him back to put his lead on him but unfortunately he spotted them before I got the chance and ran off towards them. Fortunately, they slowed right down and were very friendly towards him, even when he started barking at them. I managed to grab him and put his lead back on him, apologised profusely to the cyclists and then we all went on our way. I felt bad about having inconvenienced them like that, and appreciate that I was strictly in the wrong for letting my dog out of control, but I was very grateful that the cyclists were so good-natured about it. Had they responded by not slowing down and/or kicking him, it might have exacerbated the situation and made it more likely that he would have bitten one of them. OK, so they had to slow down for a few moments but as far as I can tell, the experience didn't spoil their ride or significantly inconvenience them. And so the sum of human happiness was increased by a small but significant amount.